A Case of You

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This article is about the song by Joni Mitchell. For the 2013 film, see A Case of You (film).
"A Case of You"
Song by Joni Mitchell from the album Blue
Released 1971
Recorded 1971
Genre Folk, Folk rock
Length 4:20
Label Reprise
Writer Joni Mitchell
Producer Joni Mitchell
Blue track listing
"A Case of You"
"The Last Time I Saw Richard"

"A Case of You" is a song by Joni Mitchell, from her 1971 album Blue. It is one of her best-known songs.

Song information[edit]

Writing and recording[edit]

Mitchell recorded "A Case of You" in 1971, during her early folk period. The song was first released on the 1971 album Blue with Mitchell playing Appalachian dulcimer, accompanied by James Taylor on acoustic guitar. The release of the live album Amchitka - The 1970 Concert That Launched Greenpeace shows that the song was written earlier than 1971, as Mitchell performs a live version of "A Case of You" at the concert.

Mitchell's earliest public performances of "A Case of You" contain six lines that had changed by the time Blue was recorded. Some of these nautical-flavored lines are: "Just before our ship got lost"; "'You're silly as a northern fish,' says I"; and "I drew a map of Canada and charted our last squall."[1] The line "I am as constant as a northern star" is an allusion to Caesar's "I am as constant as the northern star" from the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar.

Mitchell later re-recorded the song on her live album Miles of Aisles (1974). It can be found on Mitchell's Misses (1996), and Both Sides Now (2000) in an orchestral version featuring a new vocal by Mitchell.


The song is found on many bootleg recordings from her 1983 tour. "A Case of You" has also been performed by artists as diverse as Sloan, Tori Amos, Allison Crowe, Brian Kennedy, Michelle Branch, Keller Williams, k.d. lang, Lyn Paul, Caroline Lavelle, Kate Earl, Cristina Branco, Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, Julia Murney, Javier, Philip Morrow, Colin Meloy, Frank Ocean, Dawn Langstroth (Highwire, Linn Records), Nancy Wilson, Ana Moura, James Blake,[2] Aaron Tveit, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Jonathan Groff.

Prince recorded a version, retitled "A Case of U", on his 2002 album, One Nite Alone.... He also played the song in 1983 during the First Avenue performance where the album versions of "Purple Rain" and several other tracks from the Purple Rain album were recorded.

The song appears in the films Truly, Madly, Deeply; Practical Magic; and Waking the Dead. Mitchell declined, however, to grant permission to use the song in a 2013 film entitled A Case of You.[3]

The song was both referenced and featured in a 1996 episode of the medical drama Chicago Hope, in which Dr. Diane Grad (Jayne Brook) mentions that Mitchell's Blue album was a personal favorite of hers while growing up, and that "A Case of You" was her favorite song on the album. Mitchell's recording of the song later played over the episode's closing credits.

In 2011 Mitchell was voted the No. 1 female artist and "A Case of You" the no. 1 female song by listeners of BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.[4]

In 2012 the Portuguese singer Ana Moura recorded a cover version for her album Desfado.

In 2013 the song was featured in "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities", the fourth episode of NBC's Parenthood's fifth season.[5] One of the main characters, Drew is perusing a girl who mentions she loves this Joni Mitchell song. Drew then looks into Mitchell's entire collection while his Uncle and Grandpa share more about her. After his great effort, the girl proceeds to tell him she only knows "A Case Of You" because it was in some movie.

In 2014 English singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin recorded a cover version for her English Rain EP. [6]


  1. ^ Calderwood, Brent (2013). "Be prepared to bleed". In Lisa Sornberger and John Sornberger (Eds.), Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs, pp. 97–100. Toronto: Sumach Press. ISBN 9781927513125
  2. ^ L.V. Lopez (2011-02-13). "Frontier Archaeology: Grammys, FP Style « Frontier Psychiatrist". Frontpsych.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  3. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/movies/a-case-of-you-with-the-smitten-justin-long.html?ref=movies
  4. ^ "Your Desert Island Discs results". Desert Island Discs. BBC. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ http://www.drfunkenberry.com/2014/04/03/a-case-of-her-gabrielle-aplin-to-release-english-rain-ep/

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